Selena Gomez‘s new studio album Rare is set for release on Friday, but she tells Spotify in a new interview that she thought it would be ready to come out two years ago.
Her comeback album unpacks the singer’s healing and evolution over the last couple of years, but such a drawn-out process was not what the “Lose You to Love Me” singer had initially anticipated for her third solo project.
“Honestly, this album was kind of a nightmare to deal with, but in the best way possible,” she tells Spotify while sitting down in her glam room. “I thought that I was so ready like two years ago…. I had collected all of these sessions, beautiful sessions, that I don’t even remember half of them because it evolved each year.
“And then something would happen to me and it would be very drastic, so that it would take me somewhere else,” she continued. “And then all of a sudden I found this healing, and I saw something bigger than what I thought that I was. And I think that also added the whole end of the album.”
Watch Gomez’s interview with Spotify below.